Among A.C.’s future entertainment focal points will be the legendary Brits performing their rock opera ‘Quadrophenia’ at Boardwalk Hall in 2013.
With acts stretching across the broad spectrum of the entertainment world, the word “eclectic” is often used to describe the artists and attractions shuttling in and out of the various entertainment venues.
Perhaps the most jarring example of the diversity of artists set to appear on local stages during the first quarter of 2013 can be found at Boardwalk Hall during one 24-hour period in late February.
On Feb. 22, The Who — those aging but still relevant British rockers who stole the show at the recent 12-12-12 fundraising concert in New York — will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of their trailblazing album Quadrophenia by performing it in its entirety, along with some of the group’s biggest songs.
The following afternoon, the the Mummers Show of Shows brings the prize-winning string bands, fancies and comic brigades to the big room on the Boardwalk for a single afternoon performance.
Following a pattern that began years ago, Atlantic City’s gaming resorts continue to book fewer shows during the first three months of the new year. But casino show business is hardly no business at all.
Predictably, properties like Borgata and the House of Blues at Showboat have the most active lineups.
Borgata is relying on many of the acts that have proven track records at filling seats in both its concert venues and casino gaming tables. Rob Thomas, the lead singer and songwriter of Matchbox Twenty, seemingly can’t get enough of the casino’s Music Box. He’ll fly solo in the 1,000-seat venue Jan. 18-20 and then return with Matchbox Twenty on Feb. 23.
Several shows during the first three months of the year are ones that had been postponed in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in late October, including Steve Martin and the bluegrass-mountain band Steep Canyon Rangers, who are now set to perform at Caesars on March 15.
A few casinos are holding off on announcing acts for the beginning of the year. With rumors of the impending sales of both the Atlantic Club and Trump Plaza casino hotels, neither has announced any headline entertainment. And Revel, which has offered only sporadic but generally huge acts since September, is keeping its bookings under wraps for now.
Here’s a look at the current casino showroom schedules from January through March. All shows are subject to change, and most casinos will add more attractions after the first of the year:
Borgata — Jim Breuer (rescheduled), Jan. 12; Rob Thomas, Jan. 18-20; Rick Springfield, Jan. 26; Cage Fury Fighting, Feb. 2; Rufus Wainwright, Feb. 8; Aaron Lewis, Feb. 16-17; Matchbox Twenty, Feb. 23; Saw Doctors, March 9; Lisa Lampanelli, March 9; Bill O’Reilly and Dennis Miller, March 15
House of Blues at Showboat — Morrissey (rescheduled), Jan. 12; The Darkness, Jan. 18; Circa Survive, Jan. 19; Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Feb. 1; The Used, Feb. 2; Bobby Brown, Feb. 9; Tenacious D., Feb. 28; Gary Allan, March 29
Harrah’s Resort — Sylvia Brown, Jan. 13; Eric Benet, Jan. 19; Tony Orlando, Feb. 2; Zappa Plays Zappa; Little Big Town, Feb. 15; Michael Bolton, March 2; America’s Got Talent All-Stars Tour, March 8
Rob Thomas isn’t looking to line his own pockets when he takes the stage for a rare three-night stand in Borgata’s Music Box this weekend (Jan. 17-19).
What you won’t hear are songs he performed when he was still known by his birth name, Michael Bolotin, and was fronting the hard rock band Blackjack and opening for the likes of Ozzy Osboune and Peter Frampton in the late 1970s.
"Calling ourselves beautiful is the best thing we can do for ourselves. There is something very empowering about seeing yourself as beautiful, to say that no matter what society dictates as beautiful or what we should strive for, I know I am beautiful and no one can take that from me."
“It’s a perfect storm, so to speak, with reference to what’s available to the fans and also the players.”
In a perfect world, if the casinos had their way, the year would always end on a Friday or Saturday. It would never end on a Monday, as it does this year.
Headlining the countdown to midnight is famed electro house artist and DJ, Steve Aoki, who will be joined by Tommy Trash, Adventure Club, and David Solano.
Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson on his upcoming Atlantic City show at Caesars, Oct. 6.
Plus the Album of the Week, DrewToonz and the upcoming Boardwalk Empire-related PBS event 'Prohibition'